Menopause Festival 2019 26-27 April 2019, Perth Theatre

In 2018 Horsecross hosted the world’s first Menopause Festival. This year we build on the growing work of the Menopause Cafe movement, to bring you a bigger festival, aiming to  increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues and families, so that we can make conscious choices about this third stage of life.

Highlights include Elaine Miller’s comedy show Gusset Grippers, menopause in the workplace seminar, Menopause Marketplace, creative arts workshops, Dr Laura’s Q &A, Menopause Café.

Who’s it for? Anybody interested in sharing their stories, experiences and questions about menopause. All genders and all ages. Men and women and inbetween. Old and young and inbetween.

Let’s break the taboo around talking menopause and have some fun together as we start conversations and build community.

Friday April 26th:

Menopause at Work: intended audience are HR professionals, line managers, trade unions and employment lawyers.

12 noon
  • Registration
  • Menopause Marketplace with stalls
  • Buffet lunch
1pm – 5pm

Festival opening by the Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP

Menopause at Work seminar in Joan Knight Studio

  • Dr Vanessa Beck, University of Bristol, co-author of the Government report on how menopause impacts on women’s economic participation
  • Kate Waytt, employment lawyer, partner at Lindsays
  • Collette Stevenson, South Lanarkshire Council on their “Supporting Menopausal Women at South Lanarkshire Council” policy
  • Karen Wright from NHS Velindre Wales on “The Journey to Becoming a Menopause Aware and Supporting Employer”
  • Group discussions, sharing good practice
  • Panel discussion with speakers including Moira McLeod from SSE and Ruth Devlin from Let’s Talk Menopause

Participants will be sent a sample menopause policy in advance

5.45pm Dinner available at Theatre
Not included in your ticket
 7pm Film: Aurore  
Screened in partnership with Perth Film Society.
Concession ticket price if you have the Friday Menopause Festival pass.

Saturday April 27th

9am onwards
  • Menopause Marketplace with stalls
  • Registration and workshop sign up
9.30am Keynote Speaker:
Kelli Jaecks, author of  “Martinis & Menopause: strategies, science and sips  that empower women to beat the Hormone Groan” , speaking on the Fantastic Four: exercise, diet, sleep, HRT with Q&A.
10.45am Dr Laura Jarvis from Tayside Menopause Service: “Medical Aspects of the Menopause”
12pm Buffet lunch
1pm Parallel workshops 
  • Creative writing: a novel addition to the Menopause survival tool-kit with Fiona Thackeray
  • Photography workshop with Malcolm Lind, Perthshire Photography Society
2.30pm-3pm Tea break
3pm – 4.10pm Parallel workshops
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies for managing menopausal symptoms with Emma Persand
  • Nutrition and Exercise with Samantha Valand, author of “The Menopause Diaries: a practical guide to healthy eating and exercising in your menopausal years
  • Mindfulness – Accepting and Embracing Changes with Denise Symons
4.15pm- 5pm Q & A with Dr Jarvis, Kelli Jaecks and Ruth Devlin
6pm Dinner available at Theatre
Not included in your Pass
7.30pm – 9pm Gusset Grippers in JK studio
Comedy from physiotherapist Elaine MillerConcession ticket price if you have the Saturday Menopause Festival pass.

Open to public to book ticket for Event Only.

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